SEATTLE –  A woman has decided to marry a 107-year-old building.  She already has a “civil union” with the building.

Babylonia Aivaz’s has been in love with the 107-year-old building, for years but she has to have a “quickie” wedding because demolition of the warehouse has already begun.

­Babylonia says she hopes to save the abandoned building for a community center. The Occupy activist has to stand up to developer Seawest, which would rather use the space for a luxury apartment complex. Aivaz firmly opposes this act of gentrification, which she says would hit the poorer members of the neighborhood with increased rent.

If corporations can have rights as people, so can buildings,” the “bride” told American Komonews, referencing a Supreme Court decision on political advertising. “I’m doing this to show the building how much I love it, how much I love community space and how much I love this neighborhood. And I want to stop it from gentrification.”

Aivaz says she fell head over heals with the building after joining a 200-strong Occupy Seattle protest inside the building last month.

Yes, I’m in love with a 107-year-old building! Yes, it’s a gay marriage! How is that possible? Well there must obviously be a deeper story,” Aivaz wrote in her Facebook invitation to the wedding.

In December, Aivaz and 16 other activists “Occupied” the warehouse, believing this piece of heritage should be reclaimed as community space.

When demolition began this week, Aivaz put on her wedding dress and went to the site, climbing equipment to attract attention to her cause. Despite the cranes still towering gloomily at the spot, Aivaz says the ceremony is going to take place on Sunday at 1pm, with anyone willing invited to attend. And afterwards, the party can always carry on at an Occupy event planned for the evening.

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  1. I smell a Gootan plot. It is well known that The Gootans have been using abandoned buildings to house breeding labs. Not sure about Seattle, but empty buildings in Vladivostok and an empty cabaret in Kalamunda, outside of Perth, were housing these labs until quite recently.

  2. Romanticising a building as if in marriage OK so long as such human being is awake sainly and knows his or her individual stability from a more reserved stand point, why? Because we're dealing with a sort of rare human being who dreams during the day – OK, what is basically normal as one functions as commnoly as possible, so why not just see what of the not hurting nor causing disturbance but partisan peace and quietude paid!


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